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    Talking "smack" : DE VILLIERS: I WILL RELISH THE ABUSE

    In this article it alludes to 'verbal abuse' during the game. In the States this is usually referred as 'smack'. I gather it's pretty common, What kind of smack gets talked during games? Is there a limit? In American Football all sorts of stuff gets said on the line of scrimage, like in a scrum. After a while (in the NBA) the refs start to step in and warn the players. How does the judge handle this in Cricket? Again, thanks for those helping me out here.

    SOUTH Africa batsman AB de Villiers is expecting a verbal onslaught from Australia in tomorrow's crunch Group A match.

    "When you're playing Australia you know you're going to get a bit of abuse but I'm fine with that," said De Villiers. "A cricket game without abuse is not a cricket game. I actually enjoy that, I see it as a challenge. It needs some big-match temperament."

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    "Sledging" is the most common term in cricket, and the amount of it varies hugely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    "Sledging" is the most common term in cricket, and the amount of it varies hugely.
    Probably the most culturally sensitive area of the game. Some expect it and thrive on it as tough cricket (ie de Villiers in the interview) and others find the notion as a genuine insult and have their honour offended.

    Its always interesting to see how people with different cultural persectives react to sledging.
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    If a player gets caught racially abusing somebody they get slammed, otherwise its pretty much ignored by the officials until a verbal confrontation develops into something more.
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    Ridiculous, tbh, Im so anti-sledging at the moment.. Fed up that such talented cricketers need to resort to abusing each other..
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    at this thread's title, btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    at this thread's title, btw.
    Wow, Andy popsted that?? Would of never guessed tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    Ridiculous, tbh, Im so anti-sledging at the moment.. Fed up that such talented cricketers need to resort to abusing each other..
    ditto.
    I'm all up for sledging but not the personal abuse you see some times.
    There's no need for it in the game.

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    I'm all for sledging. Nothing spices a game up like a bit of verbal confrontation. If the bowler can seek any kind of advantage in a game becoming increasingly batsman friendly, why should he not use it ? Personal insults are a bit harsh, I agree, but if you can rattle a batsman and force him into an unnecessary shot to claim his wicket, then game on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R_D View Post
    ditto.
    I'm all up for sledging but not the personal abuse you see some times.
    There's no need for it in the game.
    You can add me to this particular list. If it's as essential as some would have us believe, how on earth did players manage not to abuse each other like this for best part of 100 years' test cricket?

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    That they didn't is not really a given, TBH.

    It's oft said that Lawry and Chappell's teams were the first to sledge, but it's a bit like the Saqlain\Harbhajan invented the Doosra - there's substantial evidence Prasanna bowled it 30 years previously - and similarly, there's substantial evidence that the likes of Warwick Armstrong was more than happy with a word or six.

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    Sledging or Abuse are not the right words to term the banter that goes out in the middle, i would like to call it as Steve "Tugga" Waugh use to "mental disintegration" sounds more classy that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Sledging or Abuse are not the right words to term the banter that goes out in the middle, i would like to call it as Steve "Tugga" Waugh use to "mental disintegration" sounds more classy that way.
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